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Mayo County Introduction

Set on the Atlantic Coast in western Ireland, Mayo County is a land that's generously endowed with much of the best that nature has to offer – a coastline of rugged beauty, pristine lakes and a diverse ecosystem. Colourful characters like Vikings, warring chieftains and a pirate queen are woven into the tapestry of its rich past, while giants, magical swans and Celtic gods are mainstays of its fascinating mythology. Mayo County is one of the country's best getaway places to recharge from the stress of modern life.

Hotels in Mayo County

There's a good selection of accommodations to be found in the area, from top-of-the-range lodgings to discount hotels. A stay in one of the luxury hotels in Mayo County means sleeping in a spacious, well-appointed suite, a sumptuous dinner in a refined restaurant and an indulgent massage in a full-service spa. Mid-range hotels provide a less lavish but still comfortable stay, with amenities like business facilities and cosy lounges, as well as spaces like terraces and patios for outdoor relaxation. Budget-friendly hotels and B&Bs also abound in Mayo County, and you can expect these cosy options to offer picturesque gardens and freebies such as Wi-Fi and breakfast.

Where to stay in Mayo County

The county town of Castlebar has plenty of attractions and activities to beguile and entertain. Noted for scenic walking trails, it's also home to the annual Guinness Castlebar Blues Festival. The bountiful River Moy gives Ballina the moniker 'Ireland's Salmon Capital', and every summer, thousands of visitors converge here for the Ballina Salmon Festival. The town is also known for its vibrant nightlife, having numerous pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. The village of Dooagh on Achill Island is a fantastic place for a lazy beach holiday, where you can feast on delicious seafood and down a pint in a traditional pub.

Things to see in Mayo County

To travel in Mayo County is to step back in time, thanks to sites like the Ceide Fields in North Mayo. For centuries, the remnants of a neolithic farming village, older than the pyramids of Egypt, lay hidden under the area's untamed bogland. Tours of the area are carried out by archaeologist Seamus Caulfield, whose father discovered the fields in the 1930s. Kildownet Castle on Achill Island offers another interesting insight into Mayo County's past. Built around 1429, it served to protect Achill Sound from attackers to the north and south, and was also one of the strongholds of the celebrated 16th-century pirate queen Grace O'Malley. The award-winning Ballycroy National Park is a must-see for nature lovers. Bog habitats here shelter a diverse array of both land- and water-based flora and fauna, and there are mountain lakes and glacial boulders harking back to the Ice Age.

How to get to Mayo County

Air travel to Mayo County is easy and convenient, since the international Ireland West Airport Knock, which serves several European and UK destinations, is located in the county itself. Travellers coming in from airports in other cities can choose to hire a car and go on a scenic drive to Mayo County via national primary roads like the N5, N17 and N26. Travelling to and from the county by train is also easy and convenient since Irish Rail services the main towns of Castlebar and Westport. Bus Éireann, the national bus carrier, operates public services going to and within Mayo County, with routes that include stops like Knock Airport.

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